Posted on Aug 09, 2022
On behalf of the Board and Members of Perth Rotary, we extend our sincere sympathy, prayers and love to two of our Rotary Families who have experienced loss this past week. 
PRID Dr Ken Collins, AM CStJ CitWA has been an outstanding example of 'Service Above Self ' and has upheld the very essence of what it is to be a Rotarian.  Vale Dr Ken, our thoughts are with his wife Diane, Family members and the Rotarians of Freshwater Bay Rotary Club.   Please see below for details of how you may honour Dr Ken's memory.  
We also extend our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to DG Ineke Oliver who is currently inter-state with family after the sudden passing of her brother Ray.   RIP.  
    Last week we were privileged to have Lizz Clarke as our guest speaker.  It was also an opportunity for Rotarian Jo Morris to inform members that  Reflections  were successful in winning $120,000 in Commonwealth Funding to support their work in supporting people affected by #mesothelioma.

    The funds will be used to develop Reflections HOPE COMPANION PROJECT – a suite of practical support and specialised, disease-specific resources for patients, carers and clinicians impacted by #Mesothelioma.  The team at Reflections are extremely excited and grateful to  Cancer Australia for their support and recognition.  Reflections look forward to collaborating with key stakeholders to ensure better outcomes for people affected by this incurable, terminal cancer.   Keep an eye out for more information about the project and how you can be involved.  $468.20 collected during the Sergeants Session last Friday will be donated towards Reflections.  Thank you to members for their generosity.  

    Congratulations .... Youth Portfolio - Director Manu Gupta.
    Rotarian Manu Gupta and the Perth Rotaract Members donated blood and plasma as part of their 31 July Blood Drive..... 
    4 Way Speaking Competition - a reminder to members that Isabella Marchesani will represent our club at the District Finals to be held Saturday, 13 August.  Members are encouraged to attend in support of Isabella and can book on line - .    Please see below for all details of the District and State Finals with booking links. 
    Perth Rotary Members - a gentle reminder to pay your 2022/23 Club Membership Fees.  Should you have any queries in relation to the same, please do not hesitate to contact our Club Treasurer, Michael Willett via email - 

    This Week:

    We look forward to hearing from

    Sarah Macaulay is Acting General Manager, Social Impact within RAC’s Social and Community Impact division.

    She has a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science (First Class) and is a Chartered Transport Planning Professional with 19 years’ industry experience from the UK and Australia.  She joined RAC in 2013, and prior to that worked in consultancy.

    At RAC, Sarah is responsible for providing strategic leadership, advice, and support to drive credible and meaningful outcomes from RAC’s social impact activities towards a safer, sustainable and connected future for Western Australians.  Her current portfolio spans public policy, demonstration projects (such as RAC’s Automated Vehicle Program and the RAC Electric Highway), social impact measurement and reporting, and organisational sustainability.

    Sarah was the author of RAC’s inaugural Social and Community Impact Report 2020/21, which showcases the impactful initiatives and activities RAC has delivered in working towards its Purpose, Vision and Mission. 

    Please book to attend this lunch by clicking on the following link:

    The following week we welcome:  With RU OK Day coming up on 8th September, it is timely to join us and hear from Mike Waine.

    His “How to not say the wrong thing” has been developed to assist businesses with mental health conversations within their organisation. We aim to arm employers and employees with the tools they need to best support each other.

    Many people want to be able to offer a supportive ear or shoulder if someone is struggling but feels underprepared and worried they will say the wrong thing. Being a mental health support person is about being available to listen and then helping the other person find professional support when needed.

    The aim of this Check-in is to allow people to feel comfortable and confident to have conversations in the workplace about mental health while maintaining their own boundaries. Empowering leaders and co-workers to support each other.

    Mike is a qualified registered psychologist with experience in running therapeutic groups and one on one therapy. He is trained in Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Strengths-based approaches, and has experience in EMDR.  He considers his style integrative, melding multiple traditional approaches with metaphor and analogies, and a touch of irreverence.

    Mike believes in breaking stereotypes as much as possible. He is a father, husband, son, and grandson; is a member of a social motorcycle group dedicated to putting a smile on children’s faces; and is a self-described “geek”. This geekery has been applied to psychological principles, his environment, and makes up a large proportion of his downtime.

    Qualifications: BSocSc ,BSocSc (Hons), BA (Hons) in Psychology.   To attend this luncheon, please click on the following link -




    The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at the University of Western Australia, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Perth, invite you to attend the 2022 Sir Wallace Kyle Oration.
    Please register to attend this FREE event by clicking on the links below. 
    Date: Wednesday, 24 August 2022
    Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (AWST)
    Location: University Club Auditorium, Hackett Drive, Crawley
    The Sir Wallace Kyle Oration is given by distinguished citizens and leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the community. The theme of the Oration is "Service Above Self", the motto of Rotary.
    This year, the Oration will be delivered by June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
    June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
    This is a free public event. Registration is required.  Please advise if you have any access or support requirements when registering. Please note, the venue is wheelchair accessible.  We look forward to you attending this Oration.
    Fellowship | Perth Rotary Club Family Bonfire | Saturday 27 August 2022
    Saturday 27 August 2022 | Please arrive anytime in the afternoon.  BYO everything; Salad to Share; Meat to BBQ; Drinks; Chairs/Picnic Rug & your dancing shoes.  A fabulous fun filled evening with Rotarian Jeff, Helen and family.  You won't be disappointed - always a great night with the Rotars playing post bonfire until late.   Please rsvp - 
    Please check the attached stories for details of events coming up. 
    Upcoming dates for your Diary
    • Monday 8 August - Club Assembly Meeting | 5.30pm, Lv5/110 William St, Perth.  
    • Friday 12 August - Rotary Business Lunch | Sarah Macaulay, the Way of the Future | Electric Cars
    • Saturday 13 August - District Finals,  4 Way Speaking Competition 
    • Friday 19 August - Rotary Business Lunch | Mike Waine, Psychologist, Elevate Wellbeing
    • Wednesday 24 August - Sir Wallace Kyle Oration.
    • Thursday 27 October - Liquid Gold Polio joint meeting with Crawley Rotary Club. 
    • Tuesday 6 December - Rotary Means Business Xmas Breakfast.
    • Friday 16 December - Perth Rotary Xmas Breakfast.
    Dr Ken Collins final request of Rotarians - IN LIEU OF FLOWERS - PLEASE DONATE FOR A CUDDLE BED
    It was PRID Ken Collins's dying wish that we prioritise fundraising for the first "cuddle bed" for the palliative care ward at Bethesda Hospital. A cuddle bed is a double hospital bed that allows for family to rest with a dying relative to provide comfort.  His family have asked that in lieu of a flowers, his memory be honoured through a donation to the Bethesda Foundation specifically towards a cuddle bed.  While we are waiting for EFT details, it is possible to make a tax deductible donation online at  You will need to follow up with an email to to let them know that the donation is for a cuddle bed in memory of Ken Collins.
    Yours in Rotary
    Maree Gooch
    President | Perth Rotary 2022/23